Dinesh Karthik Saves Another Day For RCB, Opens Up On His Training

IPL Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Banglore: RCB registered its four-wicket win as Dinesh Karthik starred with the bat. Karthik played a knock of 44 runs of 23 balls along with Shabaz Ahmed (45) as RCB defeated RR by four wickets in the 13th match of IPL at Wankhede stadium.

Royal Challengers Banglore were 87/5 in the 13th over but Karthik and Ahmed played a gem of an innings leading RCB to victory. When Karthik came to bat RCB were 87/5 in the ninth over and Chahal was running riot against his former franchise

Earlier Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer played knocks of 70 and 42 respectively posting a target of 169. The finisher Karthik smashed the ball to all corners of the park with a tremendous strike rate of 191.30. He ended Ashwin’s 21 runs over with a trademark reverse sweep.

In a space of five balls, Karthik turned the tables on the Royals picking up Saini for back-to-back fours and bringing the target into RCB radar.

Karthik’s unbeaten 44 off 23 balls comprising of 7 fours and 1 six with a strike rate of 191.30  won the match for RCB.

Dinesh Karthik Opens Up About His Training

“It feels nice. I think I made a conscious effort to do justice to myself because I felt last year I could have done better” Karthik told Star Sports Broadcaster

“The way I trained was a little different –  hats off to the person I trained with. He puts me through some things which was very important for me in life as well. I say that only because I was making a conscious effort to tell myself that I’m not done yet. I have a goal and I want to achieve something and I tried my best in terms of preparation “ says Karthik about his training after winning Player of the Match.

” I made a lot of conscious effort to play white-ball cricket as I Don’t play four-day cricket anymore. The quantity of matches has reduced. I have to play that much more matches as practice matches and scenarios. So, I try and do a lot more of that…. going to the ground, and a lot of people have been with me in this journey when I practice.”

“Those are the hours that you put in with nobody is seeing you and those are the most important hours. Because when it comes here, it’s great. The set-up is beautiful, you have a lot of people and they are helping me a lot but the real work is done in the lead-up to the tournament, which is what I’ll give a lot of credit to.”

Karthik’s goal is to return to India’s T20 side and help them win the World Cup although there is fierce competition for various spots.

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Harsh Vinayak
Harsh Vinayak
Harsh is a cricket enthusiast who has played cricket at the district level and writes about the game of cricket and football around the globe. Currently, he is pursuing his bachelor of journalism degree from St Xavier's College Ranchi.


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